close-up of drypoint print - the blackberry harvest

The Blackberry Harvest

From 12 Views of (Glastonbury) Tor… Another print for the 2015 calendar is done – this one was printed from the plate I featured in my post on ‘imaginary drawing’: https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/drypoint-and-imaginary-drawing-more-views-of-the-tor/. That post shows me in the middle of creating the image on the aluminium plate, with sandpaper, burnisher and pointy tool. All that guesswork… but I am quite pleased with how this one came out now. Sandpaper is my new favourite thing, which is odd because having been a jeweller I used it for days on end and never discovered a liking for it before! Here is the Blackberry…

drypoint on aluminium plate

Drypoint and imaginary drawing… (more Views of the Tor)

I am in the process of creating the plate for another print for my 2015 calendar, “12 Views of the Tor”. This is another one that I have decided to complete entirely in drypoint, so I thought I would take a break and show you some of the fun problems with drypoint… First the sketch: Harvest time, but the blackberries are proving hard to steal… the hapless fairy looks like she will loose her stocking, if not her dress and half her haul! When I roughly shaded the Tor and its tower in dark behind the main subject it was…

The Foxglove Fairy's paraphernalia

Digitalis Purpurea, the Foxglove Fairy – Finished

Finally, photos of the Foxglove Fairy finished! Apologies for not posting these before – I wanted to post some really good images of the painting, having spent three or four weeks on it, and photographs are not nearly so sharp. Not only that, but THAT yellowy colour is just one of those colours that is really hard to get just right in a reproduction, as is the purple. I have done my best and the colours are as close to the original painting as I am going to manage. So here she is: Digitalis Purpurea, the Foxglove Fairy: And a…

Work in progress on the Foxglove Fairy: close-up of the fairy in blue underpainting

A Poison Flower Fairy: Digitalis Purpurea, the Foxglove

Here’s another one to add to my alternative flower fairies – the highly poisonous Foxglove… When I started with the recent fairies of deadly plants I called them The Poison Flower Fairies, but of course many things medicinal are also highly poisonous in the wrong dosage, and the Foxglove Fairy should be more appropriately named a Medicinal Flower Fairy. It’s too late now… The amazingly useful properties of Foxgloves, or more precisely Digitalin, the mix of toxic molecules extracted from it, was discovered by a certain Dr William Withering (1741 – 1799), and although my fairy does not look anything…

A few of the 2012 batch of baubles.

Christmas Fairs, and other devilish things…

It looks like I have run out of time for the making of any more baubles because the event rapidly approaching is our Christmas Art Fair – on Friday in fact they will have to be ready for sale, and a few people have got in quick and emailed me for some, too. I have two Christmas events coming up, one weekend after another: Christmas at Spring Farm – 30th November to 2nd December Christmas fair at Ilminster Arts Centre – Saturday 8th December (see the exhibitions page on my website for more info and opening times) So I though…

Calendar 2012 - Front Cover

The 2013 calendar… the final pictures.

Somebody said that I had not actually stated on my website that I have the calendars, here, and ready to sell, which is something of an omission! So, it seems long overdue that I mention them one more time, and I have posted all of the images as they appear in my lovely satin-finish calendars… see below. Meanwhile, I believe I have contacted or attempted to contact everyone who so far said they would like one (or several), but some people are being elusive, so if you’ve not got back to me and confirmed you’d like one, please let me…

The February picture - pencil, gold,and finished!

Finally February arrives…

The final piece of my 2013 calendar is complete!  Not without slight mishap, I might add. I might have called this post ‘try to make each mistake only once’! First of all here is the drawing: I thought I would give it the same gold-and-silhouette treatment as the September one, partly because two drawings amongst a sea of paintings seemed better than one lonely one on its own, and partly because the drawing for March (coming after this one, as you would expect), has very pale figures with a dark background, so I thought it would be a nice contrast….

The Mad September Moon Dance

The Mad September Moon Dance!

The September picture is finished… again! This one is much better 🙂 though it seems I do have a slight difficulty with silhouettes. I am still uneasy about this one, but I like quite a lot of it: I think the gold leaf moon is both a good thing and a bad thing! I like the shininess of it, but does it conflict with the purity of the monochrome silhouette? It is going to give me trouble in any case, because on the scanner it will probably appear a little flat and brown, so I’m going to see if I…

Mad September Moon Dance

It’s September… again!

I have not gone away, but apologies for abandoning this blog for a while. I have been busy with Somerset Arts Weeks, and I haven’t forgotten that I am still down one or two pictures for the calendar for 2013. I say one or two because if you recall I was really not overly pleased with the September picture for the calender (though trying to put a cheerful face on it!). I do like the calendar pictures as a group and it would be a shame to included one I didn’t like so I am doing it again…. as if…

pictures from the 2013 fairy calendar by Nancy Farmer

The Fairy Calendar 2013 – taking orders now!

This is a post for those of you who have been asking, to let you know that I am now taking orders for the 2013 calendar. No it is not finished yet, but it will be finished in time, I promise! However, since Somerset Arts Weeks is almost upon us I now need to be actually compiling a list of orders… plus work will be even more interrupted than usual for the next 3 weeks, so now seemed to be the time to sort out the order page. The calendars will be large, A3 sized ones on very nice sating-finished…